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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

The state of the University: undergraduates,   pp. 9-10


Page 9


THE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY
  UNDERGRADUATES
  Return of the Mob
  OVERNIGHT CHANGE from a
  comparatively quiet town to a reacti-
vated metropolis - that's Madison
every September when thousands of
students and teachers from every-
where spark the city with a mixture
of fun and junior sophistication.
Education, meanwhile, takes place
on the sly.
   Last month "well over 17,000" stu-
 dents settled down on the Wisconsin
 campus. Seventeen  thousand  was
the figure predicted by Registrar
Kenneth Little several months ago,
and after the last day of official reg-
istration, Saturday, Sept. 17, the to-
tal was only 15 students short.
   Total enrolment for last year's
 fall semester was 17,637 and that
 figure was  expected  to  be  ap-
 proached this year after registration
 of the several hundred late entries.
   About 40 per cent of the students
 are veterans; some 2,000 are fresh-
 men.
   The total enrolment for the cam-
 pus plus the 10 extension centers is
 over 20,000, with just over 3,000 reg-
 istered in the centers.
 Frightened Families
   STUDENT PARENTS of 204
 toddlers got a scare when the Uni-
 versity budget cut was announced
 last summer. To the ex-GIs and
 their wives living at Badger, near
 Baraboo, the shallow budget meant
 the villao nursery school would no
longer be financed by the University.
  Student wives formed committees,
a meeting was held (75 parents
turned out). Something had to be
done, for the Badger families justi-
fiably felt that "from the human
standpoint" every effort should be
made to maintain the school. Volun-
teer teachers had proven unsatisfac-
tory, and special fees levied on stu-
dents' limited incomes were almost
out of the question.
  Two weeks later everybody re-
laxed a bit; the Board of Regents
decided to approve $9,000 to con-
tinue the project for another year.
The appropriation fell short of last
year's $12,000 fund, but it was far
better than nothing and a village
committee  decided  it would   be
enough to finance the school on a
shorter 10-month basis.
Chinese Speak Up
  AFTER      Chinese  Nationalists
were chased out of Shanghai last
summer they retaliated l4y bombing,
besides communists, peaceful folk.
They did much of the bombing with
American planes and money.
OCTOBER, 1949
  Chinese students on campus de-
cided to comment.
  First, 21 of the students wrote let-
ters to the Madison and Milwaukee
dailies making an urgent appeal
that the United States "stop all
military aid to China, for the sake
of our traditional Sino-American
friendship." They charged it is "our
fellow countrymen, our relatives
and friends there who suffered un-
der these most cruel and inhumane
bombings."
  Second, a new "newspaper," the
China Newsletter, published its first
issue in August. It is published by
Chinese graduate students and aims
to supply background and actual
material on conditions in the Far
East.
  Half dozen or more Chinese stu-
dents contribute to the newsletter,
says Publisher S. Van Long, Kun-
ming, China. Their sources include
letters and wires from friends in
China and "connections" with public
officials.
  The first issue of 11 mimeo-
graphed pages was largely devoted
to Chinese communists' plans for
the nation's political and economic
future. The 500 copies went to news-
papers, commentators, and students
on the Far East; it will aim at na-
tional circulation.
Quiet Graduation
  WITHOUT FANFARE 1,300
summer session graduates received
degrees at the end of the eight-
weeks session Aug. 19.
  With the 3,400 degrees awarded
in June, the centennial year total
goes over 4,700.
  Summer graduates received 244
degrees in the college of letters and
science, 102 in the college of engi-
neering, 45 in the college of agricul-
ture, 42 in the school of education,
83 in the school of commerce, 39 in
the law school, and one in the li-
brary school. A total of 550 bachelor
and 800 higher degrees were
awarded; there were only 646 higher
degrees given in June.
Octy-Cardinal Merger?
  ABOUT A YEAR AGO Madison's
two uptown    dailies, the Capital
Times and    the  Wisconsin State
Journal decided to cut expenses and
combine their mechanical depart-
ments. Their advertising   depart-
ments had been together for years;
their editorial departments were to
remain at opposite poles.
  In August, Bill Evjue's Capital
Times quit its old building and
completely moved in with the State
Journal on Carroll streetý This final
act of consolidation was the cue for
a proposal to merge funny Octy and
the Daily Cardinal.
  So a letter was written, "report-
edly from a high official in the Octy
brain-trust, possibly Executive
J2UiLwr IXn41uy  Li' ifl4lbIl.  %JUllki;d   umi.
the Cardinal had no comment on the
proposal, which follows:
    For several months now I've
  been watching the merg-er, that
  is, consolidation--of the two up-
  town newspapers ...
    Finally, rve seen the light!
    Bill Evjue is right. Two-news-
  paper towns are a thing of the
  past. So after a good deal of soul-
  searching I've decided it'd be ab-
  solutely un-American for the
  Cardinal and the Octopus not to
  merge-consolidate, that is.
    We'll just have to bury the
  hatchet, and forget how we used
  to fight on the opposite sides of
  the fence. So you were fascist
  when we were communist, so you
  wanted an underpass under Bas-
  corn when we were fighting for
  an overpass--that's in the past
  now.
    The actual details of the mer-
  consolidation can be worked out
  later. We'd be glad to build a tin
  lean-to on our quonset and you
  can share our palatial business
  and editorial offices.
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  PICTURE of Alumni records
office employee looking for ad-
dress changes of WAA mem-
bers.
  He may not know it, but the
only new addresses he'll find
are those that come in the mail.
He's a good man, but he can't
do the impossible; help him out
and let us send your magazine
to the right place. Mail us your
new address if you move.


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